Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's Just Three Weeks

Three weeks.  21 days.  That's what I told myself when I first decided to try out 21-day Fix -- It's just three weeks.  I'm on day nine of the fix and so far, so good.  Some of you may remember I started Weight Watchers in January.  I gave it a try for two months and it didn't work for me.  I tried to figure out a good balance of exercise and following the plan, but after two months, I lost a total of 1.4 pounds.  Yes, losing even a small amount of weight is better than gaining or maintaining, but with such small results, it wasn't enough for me to continue following (or paying for!) the plan.  I quit after only eight weeks and I am okay with that.  I was getting frustrated with both myself and the plan, and it just wasn't worth the stress -- especially since I wasn't really seeing results.

I needed to try something different, so I finally bit the bullet and ordered the 21-day Fix.  For those of you who aren't familiar, 21-day Fix is both a fitness and nutrition plan.  You follow a 30-minute workout each day, ranging from full body cardio to yoga.  You also follow a nutrition "plan".  I have plan in quotes as you can eat most anything, but are limited to a number of servings per day (eg four servings of protein, four servings of veggies).  I think it is a good way to help eliminate added sugars from your diet and learn portion sizes.  You use provided containers as your guide, but I wish they would list the actual serving size as I don't find it realistic to use containers for the rest of your life.  There is also a third component, Shakeology.

I am following the workouts and the eating plan, minus Shakeology.  I have tried Shakeology in the past and didn't care for the aftertaste (stevia is no good in my book).  I will give a full report at the end of the cycle, but I thought I'd share a little about my experience so far.

  • I followed the workouts for six out of the seven days.  I opted out of yoga on Sunday because I just didn't want to do it.  I've also decided I hate pilates. :)
  • I added a run at the end of two workouts.  I wanted to run more, but I was sore and I didn't want to overdo it.
  • For the most part, I followed the nutrition plan perfectly.  My "cheat" meal (dessert, really) was a sugar sweetened Greek yogurt.  Where I normally would have gone for chocolate, I opted for either a cherry or key lime Greek yogurt.  I also had some Goldfish here and there as I was craving something salty.
  • I was hungry all day for the first three to four days, but am now starting to feel a lot less hungry throughout the day
  • I had one alcoholic drink (you're allowed some wine, but I had one 12 oz beer)
I will write up a full recap at the end of the 21 days, but I thought I would fill you in on how things are going so far.  I'm hoping this will help me get a good start on some weight loss since I start marathon training in July.  Any weight loss will definitely be a good thing!

Have any of you tried 21-day Fix or any similar fitness/nutrition plan?  Any tips?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Meal Planning -- Week of 4/10

Wow -- it's already Sunday night!  My weekend was fairly quiet, but seemed to fly by quickly.  I just finished dinner, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my menu for the week.

Sunday: Steak and strawberry salad
Monday: Scallops and veggie fried "rice"
Tuesday: Taco salad
Wednesday: Hamburgers with sweet potato wedges and roasted broccoli
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Leftovers

Breakfast will be the usual eggs, yogurt or oatmeal with fruit.  Lunches will likely be just leftovers or salad.  If salad, I will probably cook some chicken breasts to add to the salads.  Snacks will be veggies and hummus, yogurt and fruit.

What's on your menu this week?

Friday, April 8, 2016

What I'm Loving Lately VIII

TGIF!  How are you all doing this fine Friday?  The sun is shining, which is a great change of pace since we had snow (!!!) on Monday and yesterday was a rainy mess.  Springtime in New England is just the best!  :)  I'm off to workout then run some errands, so I'll leave you with the latest installment of What I'm Loving Lately.  Have a great weekend!

You can find a roundup my previous What I'm Loving Lately posts here.

Everyday Luxe Peony Gardens Candle

This soy blend candle has quickly become a favorite of mine (I think it's tied with my beloved macaron candle).  With three wicks, this lightly scented candle burns evenly and gives off a scent that is perfect for this time of year.  I don't normally care for floral scents, but peonies are one of my favorite flowers, so I thought I'd give this candle a try.  I have only been able to find this brand in TJX stores (mostly HomeGoods) and they are reasonably priced (less than $10).  If you're looking to try a new candle, I definitely recommend this one.

OPI's I'm Gown for Anything

After months of darker polish colors, I opted to go with this pastel purple when I had my nails done yesterday.  It's part of the Alice Through the Looking Glass collection and I love it!  I normally go with red this time of year before transitioning to pastels (then brights!) for the spring, but I couldn't resist this pretty color.

Citrus & Avocado Salad from b.good

I enjoyed this salad last week -- I omitted the fennel and added grilled chicken.  I adore grapefruit and this salad was a delicious balance of tart, creamy (from the avocado) and tangy (from the goat cheese).  I am looking forward to my next trip to b.good so I can have this salad... with a side of baked sweet potato fries, of course!


After months of being on hiatus, Empire is finally back on the air!  It is absolutely a guilty pleasure and I love it!!!  It may just be the cheesiest, but it's an hour a week where I can be completely mindless.  #whatwouldcookiedo

My Bedroom

While my bedroom redo isn't 100% done, I am really loving how it's coming together.  The decor in my bedroom has been in limbo for a few years, but I am almost done.  I wanted to create a luxurious hotel-like feel with a fairly neutral color palette.  I went with grey as my primary color and am using white, black and pink to accent.  I'm enjoying having my coffee in bed on the weekends vs. sitting on the sofa in the living room.  My goal was to be able to enjoy my bedroom during the day, and not just while sleeping -- mission accomplished!  Once I am completely finished, I will definitely share photos of the final look.  Until then, here's a sneak peek.

Now it's your turn.  What have you been loving lately?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Meal Planning -- Week of 4/3

Good morning and happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was a crazy mix of New England weather -- Friday was near 70, Saturday was 50s and raining and Sunday was in the 30s and snowing (as it is today)!

I realize I haven't shared a meal plan in a while, but my blog is being redesigned, so I haven't been able to post as much.  I am hoping the redesign will be done soon and I can't wait to share it with you!  I am starting a new meal plan this week (more on that later), so this week's menu is a little boring.  It will take me a little bit to get used to the plan, so hopefully next week's menu will be more interesting.

Sunday: Leftovers
Monday: Whole roast chicken, acorn squash and carrots
Tuesday: Shrimp, brown rice and veggies
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Salad with leftover roasted chicken
Saturday: Haddock, brown rice and veggies

Breakfasts will be yogurt and fruit or oats, lunch will be salads and snacks will be veggies and hardboiled eggs.

What's on your menu this week?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Under Construcion

Hi all!  I realize I haven't posted in two weeks, but I have a good reason -- My blog is getting a whole redesign!!!  I am so excited!  I haven't been able to post while the content gets migrated to the new platform, but I did want to let you know I didn't forget about you.  I am able to start posting regularly again, so you won't have to miss me for much longer.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Weekend Happenings

Happy Monday!  Did everyone have a great weekend?

I had a nice weekend.  Friday night was spent relaxing on the sofa.  I don't know about you, but my allergies are in full force and my head has felt like it is being squeezed by a giant clamp.  Saturday morning, I dusted and vacuumed, then went for a 60 minute run before heading out to get my hair colored.  My friend Danielle and I did a little outlet shopping then went out to dinner.  We headed home for a crazy night of bubbly while watching Golden Girls.  I know, I know!  Sunday was spent running errands and I was passed out early!

Here are a few snapshots from my weekend.

I snapped a photo of this chair to send to a friend for her opinion.  I have been looking for an accent chair for my living room -- I love the color of this chair and it will brighten up my living room.  I didn't love the price tag, though!
I feel human again after my color - no more greys!
I whipped up this carrot cake smoothie Saturday afternoon. I want to perfect the recipe before sharing here and hope to have that done soon!
Temps in the mid 60s mean sandals!
I forgot about this hill near my house until I went for my run Saturday morning.  It doesn't look like much from this angle, but this is actually the second climb of the hill.  I think this will be great for NYC Marathon training!
Perfect running weather!
This shamrock smoothie was delicious and a great alternative to McDonald's shake!  Let me know if you'd like the recipe and I will happily share it.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Meal Planning -- Week of 3/13

Good morning!  I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.  Normally, Daylight Saving doesn't bother me, but I feel really tired today!  I will be lazy for a little longer before heading out to run errands -- including grocery shopping!  After spending about an hour searching the web, I have decided this week's menu will definitely include a few spring inspired dishes.  I also can't forget to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some corned beef!  Here's my menu for the week.

Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Leftovers
Friday: Out to dinner for my dad's birthday

As usual, breakfasts will consist of eggs in some form, oatmeal or smoothies.  Lunches will be leftovers or salads, and snacks will be veggies with hummus, fruit, yogurt and popcorn.

Shopping list

Savoy cabbage
Russet potatoes
Cannellini beans

What's on your menu this week?